Before taking the reins as innkeeper at Sweet Olive, Alison worked widely in the service industry, specializing in catering, bartending, and arranging private parties. Her fascination with New Orleans first brought her to the Big Easy, where she worked as Assistant Innkeeper at the hip and top-rated Lookout Inn in the Bywater.
Deeply immersed in the culture of New Orleans, Alison loves to attend live music and arts events. She is also a painter and photographer, and enjoys spending time kayaking and biking around New Orleans’ beautiful City Park with her camera. She is also an avid baker.
Hailing originally from Philadelphia, Alison graduated on the Dean’s list with a full scholarship from Bucknell University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.
Before settling in New Orleans, Alison traveled widely. But her enchantment with NOLA lead her back here again and again – and like many before her, she could not resist making the move. And now, the favorite part of her day is welcoming guests to her adopted home city.
Emmy-Award winner Nancy Gunn, has worked a lot of different
places. Prior to following her dream and
becoming the proud owner of Sweet Olive, she worked at such diverse venues as the United Nations and the Metropolitan Opera. Then in the early 2000s, she found herself in Los Angeles, producing documentaries and unscripted television.
Her work on several series for The Travel Channel landed Nancy her first job in competition reality TV, producing CBS's The Amazing Race. Nancy lived in her hiking boots and backpack as she traveled with the contestants every step of the way, and in the end she journeyed around the world four times.
As Co-Producer for A&E's groundbreaking Heroes of Iwo Jima, hosted by Gene Hackman, Nancy traversed the country interviewing WWII survivors. For MSNBC, Nancy produced A Mother's Confession, exploring the devastating effects of postpartum depression.
In the critically acclaimed ABC series Shaq's Big Challenge, Nancy followed six obese middle school children in Florida, documenting their daily lives as they were mentored by NBA legend Shaquille O'Neill in their struggle to lose weight and get fit.
Her work producing hit reality series such as Hell's Kitchen (FOX), Big Brother (CBS), and Rock Star (CBS) led to Nancy's position as Executive Producer for the long-running series The Celebrity Apprentice (NBC).
In 2005, Nancy won an Emmy Award for The Amazing Race. In 2010, she was awarded a Prism award for The Celebrity Apprentice. Nancy has also been nominated for awards by the Producer's Guild and the International Documentary Association.
She has also won numerous baking awards.
Born in Williamsburg, Virginia, she holds a Bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary, and a Master's degree from Tulane University.
Nancy fell in love with New Orleans while attending Tulane. Sharing
Sweet Olive with visitors from around the world is a dream come